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Paul Francois de Barras autographed document, 1794

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Paul Francois de Barras (French, 1775-1829) and Jean Francois Rewbell signed partly printed, laid paper document with printed insignia and letterhead of the French Republic's National Convention Committee of General Security and Surveillance of the National Convention, dated First Fumaire, year three of the Republic, one and indivisible, (21 Nov. 1794), and affixed with a paper and wax seal of the Committee. Size of sheet - 9 inches x 6.5 inches (sight); framed together with a 19th century steel engraving portrait of Barras. The following is a translation of the hand-written note signed by the French Revolutionists, P. Barras and Jean Francois Rewbell: "The Gatekeeper of the house of Arrest of the Rue des Orties will receive an individual named La Caze. The members of the Committee of General Safety. Rewbell & P. Barras." Barras and Rewbell were both elected as members of the Directory government in France in its original formation, in October 1792. These men were scoundrels, and Paul Barras was especially corrupt and unscrupulous. The Committee of General Security was invested with unlimited powers as a central agency for the discovery and prevention of crimes against the state. After the execution of Robespiere on July 27, 1794, it was restructured to restore a balance of control through the electoral process.